Duncan and Parker return for Spurs
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs had lost their last
two games at home without star forward Tim Duncan, but their fate turned for
the better when the two-time reigning Most Valuable Player returned to the
Starting point guard Tony Parker also played for the first time this season
after missing the team’s first seven games because of an ankle injury.
Duncan sat out the Spurs’ last three games with a sprained ankle. He finished
with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks during an 87-78
victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday.
Parker added nine points on 2-of-10 shooting in the victory.
Duncan suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter of a loss to
Memphis last week when he came down awkwardly on a jumper. He was forced to
leave the contest after scoring 10 points in the game’s first seven minutes
and did not return.
Duncan and Parker led the Spurs to a league-best 60-22 record, their third
straight Midwest Division title and an NBA title last season.